High altitude snowstorms can occur even in the middle of the summer, and the pass is also known for strong winds and severe thunderstorms. It is a good idea to check with the Wyoming Travel Information Service, which will provide online information on Beartooth Highway travel conditions, before journeying across the highway.
My absolutely favorite photographic location on this highway system is Beartooth Lake. In the first two weeks of July, when the high alpine region is at it's maximum state of green, the early morning light here is absolutely spectacular. The golden rays create an other worldly look of alpine splendor, that must be seen to be believed. The photo I have named, "A Darkness Visible", pictured at the top of this article was taken at this spot. Be warned that the mosquito population is quite high at this time of year. Bring your, "bug juice", you will need it as you wait for the first rays to come over the horizon.
Another great location, is the Clark's Fork Overlook. Located on the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, at a altitude of about 8000ft. In the late afternoon, it provides a spectacular view of the Clark's Fork of the Yellowstone River. This area is among the most remote locations in all of Wyoming. Most of this very rugged country is accessible only by foot or horseback. The photo you see at right was taken from this location.
Following the Chief Joseph Byway west from this location will take you to its intersection point with the Beartooth Highway proper. If you turn left here, the road follows the Clarks Fork towards Cooke City, Montana. There are many spots where you can pull off the road here and photograph Pilot Peak above the Clarks Fork. The photo seen just above was taken at one of these spots.